Whitsand Bay Circular Walk

Walking trail

A long loop with an optional shortcut (when the MoD practice range is not in use), this walk takes in the best of Cornwall's 'forgotten corner'. Coming inland from the South West Coast Path the footpath travels high above Whitsand Bay and along ancient routes and medieval green lanes through woodland and heathland, past wetlands and a natural reservoir full of wildlife.

Looking at the footpaths along Whitsand Bay, Cornwall


Map route for Whitsand Bay Circular Walk


Freathy parking area, grid ref: SX395523


From the parking area walk across the road and join the South West Coast Path (SWCP) heading west. As you near Tregantle Fort there is a junction on the SWCP. Continue to follow the path straight on if the flags are not flying, keeping right until you get to the big gates at step 2. From here follow signs for the permanent route. If the red flags are flying at Tregantle Fort you will have to join the road on a sharp bend signposted to Portwrinkle. Please take care when walking along the roads as they can experience heavy volumes of traffic. Details of firing practice times can be obtained by phoning 01752 822516.

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If the red flags are not flying at the entrance to the range, exit onto the road and follow the signs for the permanent route that take you alongside the B3247 towards Crafthole to the small lane junction at step 3.


Turn right off the main road heading north down the hill towards Blerrick Farm. When you reach the junction at Lower Blerrick turn left towards Kerslake. If there are no flags flying there is an option of a shorter walk. Instead of turning right towards Blerrick Farm, continue along the road and join the permanent route for the South West Coast Path. Follow the footpath until it meets up at the MoD gate to rejoin the return route at step 8.


Passing the ponds at Kerslake, bear right up the lane towards Trethill House. At the road junction in between several barns and a house turn right and follow this sunken lane down towards the A374.


Just before reaching the main road (A374) a footpath is signposted on your left that leads you up a valley towards Crafthole. Follow this path along the edge of several fields, across a wooden footbridge, through woodland and up past Crafthole reservoir.

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As the footpath nears the top it joins the main road (B3247). Turn left towards the roundabout and then right towards Portwrinkle passing the Finnygook Inn, a good chance for a break. Continue along the road following signs to Portwrinkle on your left. After a short walk down the hill take the footpath through the golf course until you rejoin the South West Coast Path.

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When you reach the South West Coast Path past Skinners Ball turn left (heading east) back towards Tregantle Fort. You will continue through the golf course and enter National Trust land at Trethill. Continue along the path until you reach the gate entering the MoD land.


If there are no flags flying, follow the waymarked path through the range, respecting the areas where public access is prohibited. Going through the gate at the end of the range, follow the waymarkers through the field above Kerslake Cliff and rejoin the return route at step 2. If flags are flying, follow the footpath round Tregantle Fort and take the footpath that leads out towards the road. Continue on the footpath that runs alongside the road until you rejoin the return route at step 3.


Freathy parking area, grid ref: SX395523

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Whitsand Bay Circular Walk


Quiet country roads and lanes, footpaths and the South West Coast Path. There are stretches of ascent and descent, none very steep.

Whitsand Bay Circular Walk

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Whitsand Bay Circular Walk

How to get here

Freathy parking area, near Looe, South East Cornwall
By train

Travel to St German's 3 miles (4.8km).

By road

From the A374 from the A38 to Torpoint turn right before Sheviock, onto the B3247 signed to Millbrook, continue through Crafthole and take turning to Freathy past Tregantle Fort. The parking area is on the left before entering.

By foot

Arrive via the South West Coast Path.

By bus

From Plymouth and Liskeard. See Traveline for more information.

Whitsand Bay Circular Walk

Facilities and access

  • Well maintained, but naturally uneven paths, with some steep steps
  • Be aware of cliff edges and unstable cliffs - keep children supervised